Welcome of the delegation at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection by Under-Secretary Dirk Mirow, Head of Sub-Department II B Criminal Law (4th from left)
Welcome of the delegation at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection by Under-Secretary Dirk Mirow, Head of Sub-Department II B Criminal Law (4th from left)

From 11 to 15 December 2017, the IRZ welcomed a delegation of representatives from the Public Prosecutor General's Office of Amman and other Jordanian court districts in Berlin to their first study visit in Germany. This was the first event in a project funded by the German Foreign Office as part of the Transformation Partnership kicked off at the end of 2017.

The expert discussions with the Jordanian guests took place at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and the German Association of Judges and dealt with practical issues regarding international legal cooperation and requests for legal assistance in criminal cases covering the different fields and processes in international requests for legal assistance such as

  • extradition,
  • law enforcement assistance,
  • investigation assistance,
  • legal foundations and
  • competences of the German federal government and the federal states.

In contrast to Germany, where international requests for legal assistance in criminal cases can in most cases be processed on the basis of international treaties and without individual agreements, the applicable Jordanian law on mutual legal assistance provides that e.g. extradition procedures are only possible on the basis of bilateral treaties.

During the expert meeting at the Public Prosecutor General's Office in Berlin details regarding the structure and work of the public prosecutor's offices in Germany were discussed and also questions of public prosecutors' careers and their requirement to observe instructions were covered. While the 24 Public Prosecutor General's Offices in Germany are independent and are not subject to a joint superior authority, the Public Prosecutor General's Office in Jordan, which is located at the Court of Cassation, presides over all Jordanian public prosecutor's offices. Other topics discussed were the role and tasks of the public prosecutor's offices and of the public prosecutors at local courts in criminal proceedings in Germany. The institution of the public prosecutor's office at local courts does not exist in Jordan, but the public prosecutor's office there can transfer specific tasks in proceedings of "minor" criminal offences to the police, including their participation in the trial.

During all expert meetings the Jordanian guests expressed their wish for further exchange with German partners in transnational criminal offences, in particular regarding human trafficking, money laundering and the fight against organised crime.